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Trailing by 11, Ward Melville’s Steven Germain shifted the momentum for the Patriots with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown on the road followed by a 2-point conversion to trail 21-17 at the half against Patchogue-Medford.

Pat-Med came out firing in the third quarter and out-paced the Patriots to put the game away, 35-23, in the opening round of postseason play Nov. 9.

Ward Melville sophomore quarterback Chris Prussen opened the scoring on a short yardage touchdown. Tommy Dellaporta’s field goal found its mark from 39 yards, and senior wide receiver Travis Moehringer on a 19-yard pass play found the end zone for six.

The Patriots finished their season on the road with a 4-5 record as the No. 5 seed in Division I.

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With 14 minutes, 9 seconds left in the second half, Sachem East the No. 1 seed broke the ice with a goal to take a 1-0 lead in the field hockey Class A semifinal round against No. 5 Ward Melville.

Despite a late game offensive surge, the visiting Patriots fell short Oct. 30. Ward Melville concludes its season with a Division I record of 12-5, 13-5 overall.

Jaedyn Scarlotos led her team in scoring with 23 points consisting of 15 goals and eight assists, placing her third on the Suffolk County leaderboard. Teammate Amanda Lee had 10 assists and seven goals, notching 17 points, ranking her 14th in the county.

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The Wildcats of Shoreham-Wading River struck first when Matteo Sweet found the net six minutes into the 2nd half to take a 1-0 lead over visiting Hauppauge in the Suffolk Class A soccer quarterfinal. The anticipation grew as the Wildcats held that lead with less than two minutes left in regulation, but the Eagles evened the game at the 1:17 mark off the foot of Aidan Augeri  forcingthe sudden death overtime period. The Wildcat’s season ended eight minutes in, when Hauppauge’s Tim Hug scored the game winner for the 2-1 victory.

Shoreham-Wading River concluded their season with an impressive 13-4 record, with senior Brady Cummings concluding his varsity soccer career ranked 4th in Suffolk County with 25 goals and five assists. Teammate James Rose made Suffolk’s top 25 scoring leaders, with 13 goals and six assists.

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The Ward Melville Patriots girls volleyball team advanced to the next round of Class AA playoffs after defeating Centereach on Oct. 28. The Patriots won the first two sets of the match but the Cougars rallied from a nine-point deficit in the third set to win  25-21. Ward Melville, then went on to take the fourth set to secure overall victory. the Patriots next match will be against Bay Shore Nov. 1 at 4 p.m.


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At 3-3 in their division, Comsewogue’s varsity football team needed a road win against East Islip when Jaden Martinez punched in from six yards out for a Warrior touch down on their opening drive in the final quarter, and with the point after tied the game at 7-7. With 10:49 left in regulation East Islip scored two unanswered touchdowns for which the Warriors had no answer, to win the game 21-7 in a Div. III matchup Oct. 26.

The loss drops Comsewogue to 3-4 forcing a must win game when the Warriors travel to Miller Place Nov. 1 in their final game of the regular season. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

Peyton Buckholtz a senior challenges Mount Sinai 8th grader Taylor Pedra in a Div. II matchup Oct. 22. Photo by Bill Landon

It was all Harborfields in a Division II road game against Mount Sinai where the Tornadoes blew through the Mustangs, 5-0, Oct. 22. 

The juniors led the way for Harborfields when Katie Davis scored twice along with Kathryn Morgan and Taylor Sammis who both stretched the net. Ruby Sember, the freshman, also put one through to round out the scoring for the Tornadoes with one game remaining before postseason play.

Harborfields senior keeper Zoe Krief had three saves in net and teammate Kristina Hansen a freshman stopped two. Hailey Covington had eight saves for the Mustangs and teammate Alaina Riley stopped four.

Mount Sinai concludes their regular season with a senior night home game against West Babylon Oct. 24 in a must-win game for any hopes of postseason play. Game time is 6 p.m.

Harborfields also concludes their regular season needing a win on the road against Bayport-Blue Point Oct. 24, with a 4:30 p.m. start.

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It was the youth of the Comsewogue soccer team that delivered a gift to the senior class when freshman Angelina Ortiz retied the game at 1-1 late in the first half and delivered the go-ahead goal four minutes into the second against visiting Riverhead, senior night Oct. 21. The Blue Waves rallied back when Megan McIntosh stretched the net twice, but the Warrior’s own Gianna Gritzmacher and Alyse Then both scored for the Warriors to win the game 4-2.  

The Warriors are on a roll with their winning ways notching their 6th victory in a row, concluding their regular season at 8-5-1 in Division I.

Comsewogue is solidly positioned for the post season with their opening playoff game Oct. 28 at 2:00 p.m. Details on who and where they play was not available by press time.

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The Bay Shore Marauders field hockey team’s defense pressured the Patriots from the opening play, shutting down the otherwise potent Ward Melville offense, 1-0, Oct. 17.

Ward Melville’s Isabella Ospitale made four saves on the day at the home game.

The Patriots drop to 10-4 sliding into fifth place in Division I squandering a first-round bye and instead hosted Comsewogue, the 12 seed, at home Oct. 23. Results were not available at press time.

Centereach boys soccer, now at 3-5 in the league, had their hands full when they took on Smithtown West. The Bulls sit atop the League III leaderboard at 8-1 after beating the Cougars, 3-0, Oct. 11.

Senior Andrew Agunzo broke the ice for the Bulls 11 minutes into the opening half with a goal to take the early lead. The Cougars struggled for shots on goal as Smithtown West dominated the second half when senior forward Trevor Harrison scored the insurance goal and scored again to seal the deal. Ryan Jenkins had five stops in goal for the Cougars.

The Cougars battled Huntington at home Oct. 16. Game results were not available at press time.

Smithtown West is back in action Oct. 18 when they hit the road, also against Huntington, with a 4 p.m. start.

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Junior forward Summer Agostino broke the ice for the Ward Melville Patriots girls soccer team 21 minutes in, off an assist from Kate Ancona for a 1-0 lead against visiting Lindenhurst Oct. 10. Midway through the second half Jessica Tampori fed the ball to Katie Cosenza whose shot found its mark for the insurance goal as the Patriots blanked the Bulldogs, 2-0. Freshman goalie Elyse Munoz had three saves in net.

The Oct. 10 win lifted the Patriots to 7-3 in Division I. Ward Melville took to the field again when they hit the road Oct. 16 to take on Centereach. Results were not available at press time.

Pictured clockwise from above, Ward Melville co-captain Katie Cosenza settles the ball; co-captain Kiley Hamou dribbles around two Lindenhurst defenders; sophomore forward Ancona pushes upfield; Ward Melville senior Eileen Whelan pushes the ball upfield; and Cosenza cuts inside.